Abbreviations and acronyms (Australia)

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UPDATE NOTE: The below table has been compiled from the previous version, with removals (Some common-names, as they are not acceptable standards) and additions to comply with Australian, (English) Canadian, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States standards. The words abbreviation/s are used below, however refer to both abbreviation/s and acronym/s.

Other Abbreviations

Prefixes, directional abbreviations and other (non-suffix) abbreviations should not be used, except for state/ territory abbreviations & country abbreviations; under ISO 3166-1 alpha-3.

1. Prefix abbreviations include: Mount (Mt.), and Saint (St.) Note: Mount (Mt.) is not the same as Mountain (Mtn.).

  • Although they are common, can cause issues as variation and overlap exists between naming, usage, and prefix standards (I.e. What words to, and how to, abbreviate).
  • Therefore a lake named "Lake Clair" would not be abbreviated, while if its documented name was "Clair Lake" it would be.

2. Directional abbreviations include: East (E), South West (SW), Central (CN), Upper (UP), and Lower (LR).

  • In addition to not being abbreviated, directions should only be included when they are a part of the documented name, and not a suffix or prefix added at a later stage to describe location or orientation/ direction.

3. Other abbreviations include: Island (Is.), Quay (Qy), Reserve (Res) and Tunnel (Tunl).

  • These are acceptable to be used when they are a suffix, but not acceptable when they are place names.
  • Therefore "King-Tunnel Road" should have tunnel spelt in full, as it refers to a tunnel. While "Queen Tunnel-Road" could have tunnel abbreviated, as tunnel refers to the type of roadway, and is a part of the suffix.
  • Likewise an Island named "Island Island" would be abbreviated to Island Is.

4. The exception to the above is abbreviations for states and or territories; and countries with their three character abbreviation. These contain correct punctuation. Other regions do not fall under this category.

  • For example: California would be abbreviated to C.A. not CA and Victoria to VIC.
  • Country abbreviations are done under "ISO 3166-1 alpha-3". Further information can be found on Wikipedia. (ISO 3166:)
  • Other regions include that of Suburbs, Districts, Localities, Shires and special purpose areas. (I.e. Indigenous, Military and Airport areas.)


Table Colour/ Color Legend

Text to Speech Availabilty
T.T.S. available for T.T.S. supported regions
T.T.S. not-tested
T.T.S. not-implemented
Not abbreviated, T.T.S. available*

Measurement Suffix Abbreviations

Suffix name Standard abbreviation
Kilometre/ kilometer km
Metre/ meter m

Standard Suffix Abbreviations

Notes:

1. Only abbreviate suffixes.

  • "The Avenue", "The Green ", and etc. should not be abbreviated.
  • "Circuit Avenue Road" would be abbreviated to Circuit Avenue Rd and not "Cct Ave Rd"
  • A road named "Service way" should not be abbreviated, while "Pipeline Service way" should be.

2. Suffix abbreviations do not contain any punctuation, such as "." (Full-stops) or "-" (Hyphens).

3. In the event that the original suffix is a plural (I.e contains a "s" at the end) and only its singular form is present as an abbreviation, simply add an "s" to the end of the abbreviation.

Suffix name Standard, 4-char. abbreviation Alternate, 3-char. abbreviation
A
Access Accs  ?
Alley Ally Aly
Alleyway Alwy  ?
Amble Ambl  ?
Anchorage Ancg  ?
Annex  ?  ?
Approach App  ?
Arcade Arc Arc
Artery Art  ?
Avenue Ave
B
Basin Basn
Bayou  ? Byu
Beach Bch
Bend Bend
Block Blk
Bluff  ? Blf
Bottom  ? Btm
Boulevard Bvd
Brace Brce
Brae Brae
Branch  ? Br
Break Brk
Bridge Bdge
Brook  ? Brk
Broadway Bdwy
Brow Brow
Burg  ? Bg
Bypass Bypa Byp
Byway Bywy
C
Camp  ? Cp
Canyon  ? Cyn
Cape  ? Cpe
Causeway Caus
Centre/ Center Ctr
Centreway/ Centerway Cnwy
Chase Ch
Circle Cir
Circlet Clt
Circuit Cct
Circus Crcs
Cliff  ? Clf
Close Cl
Colonnade Clde
Common Cmmn
Concourse Con
Copse Cps
Corner Cnr
Corso Cso
Course  ? Crse
Court Ct
Courtyard Ctyd
Cove Cove
Creek  ? Crk
Crescent Cres
Crest Crst
Cross Crss
Crossing Crsg
Crossroad Crd
Crossway Cowy
Cruiseway Cuwy
Cul-De-Sac Cds
Cutting Cttg
Curve  ? Curv
D
Dale Dale
Dam ? Dm
Dell Dell
Deviation Devn
Dip Dip
Distributor Dstr
Divide  ? Dv
Drive Dr
Driveway Drwy
E
Edge Edge
Elbow Elb
End End
Entrance Ent
Esplanade Esp
Estate Est
Expressway Exp
Extension Extn
F
Fairway Fawy
Fall  ? Fall
Fire Track Ftrk
Firetrail Fitr
Flat Flat
Follow Folw
Footway Ftwy
Foreshore Fshr
Formation Form
Freeway Fwy
Front Frnt
Frontage Frtg
G
Gap Gap
Garden Gdn
Gardens Gdns
Gate Gte
Gates Gtes
Glade Gld
Glen Glen
Grange Gra
Green Grn
Ground Grnd
Grove Gr
Gully Gly
H
Heights Hts
Highroad Hrd
Highway Hwy
Hill Hill
I
Interchange Intg
Intersection Intn
J
Junction Jnc
K
Key Key
L
Landing Ldg
Lane Lane
Laneway Lnwy
Lees Lees
Line Line
Link Link
Little Lt
Lookout Lkt
Loop Loop
Lower Lwr  ?
M
Mall Mall Mall
Manor  ? Mnr
Meadow  ? Mdw
Meander Mndr  ?
Mew Mew  ?
Mill Mill Ml
Motorway Mwy Mtwy
Mount Mt  ?
Mountain  ? Mtn
N
Nook Nook  ?
Neck  ? Neck
O
Orchard  ? Orch
Outlook Otlk  ?
Oval  ? Oval
Overpass  ? Opas
P
Parade Pde Pde
Park Park Pk
Parklands Pkld  ?
Parkway Pkwy Pky
Part Part  ?
Pass Pass Pass
Passage  ? Psge
Path Path Path
Pathway Phwy  ?
Piazza Piaz  ?
Pike  ? Pke
Pine  ? Pne
Place Pl Pl
Plain  ? Pln
Plateau Plat  ?
Plaza Plza Plz
Pocket Pkt  ?
Point Pnt Pt
Port Port Prt
Promenade Prom  ?
Q
Quad Quad  ?
Quadrangle Qdgl  ?
Quadrant Qdrt  ?
Quay Qy  ?
R
Radial  ? Radl
Ramble Rmbl  ?
Ramp Ramp Ramp
Ranch  ? Rnch
Range Rnge  ?
Rapid  ? Rpd
Reach Rch  ?
Reserve Res  ?
Rest Rest Rst
Retreat Rtt  ?
Ride Ride  ?
Ridge Rdge Rdge
Ridgeway Rgwy  ?
Right Of Way Rowy  ?
Ring Ring  ?
Rise Rise Rise
River Rvr Riv
Riverway Rvwy  ?
Riviera Rvra  ?
Road Rd Rd
Roadside Rdsd  ?
Roadway Rdwy  ?
Ronde Rnde  ?
Rosebowl Rsbl  ?
Rotary Rty  ?
Round Rnd  ?
Route Rte Rte
Row Row Row
Rue Rue Rue
Run Run Run
S
Service Way Swy  ?
Shoal  ? Shl
Shore  ? Shr
Skyway  ? Skwy
Siding Sdng  ?
Slope Slpe  ?
Sound Snd  ?
Spring  ? Spg
Spur Spur Spur
Square Sq Sq
Stairs Strs  ?
Station  ? Sta
State Highway Shwy  ?
Steps Stps  ?
Strand Stra  ?
Stream  ? Strm
Street St St
Strip Strp  ?
Subway Sbwy  ?
Summit  ? Smt
T
Tarn Tarn  ?
Terrace Tce Ter
Thoroughfare Thor  ?
Throughway  ? Thwy
Tollway Tlwy  ?
Top Top  ?
Tor Tor  ?
Towers Twrs  ?
Trace  ? Trce
Track Trk Trak
Trafficway  ? Trfy
Trail Trl Trl
Trailer Trlr  ?
Triangle Tri  ?
Trunkway Tkwy  ?
Tunnel  ? Tunl
Turn Turn  ?
Turnpike  ? Tpk
U
Underpass Upas Upas
Union  ? Un
Upper Upr  ?
V
Vale Vale  ?
Valley  ? Vly
Viaduct Vdct Vdct
View View Vw
Villa Vll  ?
Village  ? Vlg
Ville  ? Vl
Vista Vsta Vis
W
Wade Wade  ?
Walk Walk Walk
Walkway Wkwy  ?
Water Wtr Wtr
Way Way Way
Well Well Wl
Wharf Whrf  ?
Wynd Wynd  ?
X
Y
Yard Yard  ?
Z

Further Reading

Please refer to the following Waze forum for a "Work in progress" list of abbreviations that are being tested, currently available, and proposed:

http://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=15178